Authentic Hungarian Goulash

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I learned to make this dish from a good friends grandmother who was from Austria/Hungary. Every family has its own version of goulash. Their family would NEVER consider tomatoes or green peppers or other spices in goulash. Some other dishes would have tomato or green pepper, but not goulash. Slow cooking is the secret and you can never use too much paprika.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut beef into 1-inch squares. Add 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  2. Chop onions and brown in shortening. Add beef and paprika.
  3. Let beef simmer in its own juice along with salt and paprika for 1 hours on low heat.
  4. Add water, diced potatoes and remaining salt.
  5. Cover and simmer until potatoes are done and meat is tender.
  7. Add flour to unbeaten egg and salt; mix well.
  8. Let stand for 1/2 hour for flour to mellow.
  9. Drop by teaspoonful into goulash.
  10. Cover and simmer 5 minutes after dumplings rise to surface.
  11. Serve hot with dollops of sour cream.


Most Helpful

We really liked this alot and will make it again. I found the instructions to be a bit strange and had trouble understanding what to do with the dumplings. It was a dough that didn't seem to lend well to being droped by teaspoonfuls. I worked around these issues tho and will be making this again as it was a big hit with the fiance. I served it with egg noodles.

Ilysse January 16, 2005

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